(Man+Death) - Christ = Meaningless death - like a beast (Psalm 49:18-20)

"For though, while he lives, he counts himself blessed,
—and though you get praise when you do well for yourself—  
his soul will go to the generation of his fathers,
who will never again see light.
Man in his pomp yet without understanding is like the beasts that perish."
- Psalm 49:18-20

Preceding this verse is "Be not afraid when a man becomes rich, when the glory of his house increases" - verse 16. Given verses 18-20 you would think this would read "be not jealous," not be not afraid, but thats not what I want to focus on.

Look at rest of this and specifically the first and last line. Man may count himself blessed, but without understanding he is like the beasts. I don't know why this generation is so intent on making animal equal to man, but then it occurs to me. Without God, while doing "well for yourself" and seeking all the wrong things, man becomes just like an animal, passing away without meaning.

That is, this verse brings to light our weird postmodern view that man is nothing. Animal is no worse than man and man is no worse than animal. If you are seeking after the wind, seeking praise and even counting yourself blessed in your possessions, then this view of life is absolutely accurate.

The man who lives a life not for Christ, dies having had as much meaning as the roadkill under your tire. You hit it and feel bad for a minute, but it's life was basically meaningless. These people will perish and we'll feel bad for a minute, but they will have made little or no impact in this world (even less on eternity), being like the beasts that perish. Ironically filled with pomp.

I feel like I'm saying this over and over again and not making it clear. Pomp, money, power, though looked upon by man as valuable will pass away as a squirrel under a tire. Carrion.